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UFV writer-in-residence Lindsay Wong hosts an online reading and conversation about memoir writing on Thursday, March 18.

Memoir writers share tips during virtual UFV session

Reading and conversation with acclaimed memorists takes place March 18

UFV writer-in-residence Lindsay Wong hosts an online reading and conversation about memoir writing on Thursday, March 18.
Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford raises highest total ever

Event goes virtual in 2021 for first time, raising $320K for foodgrains bank

Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
University of the Fraser Valley

University of Fraser Valley holds two online anti-racism events

Panel discussions on March 17 and 18 look at anti-racism work and systemic inequalities

  • Mar 15, 2021
University of the Fraser Valley
Emako Foods in Mission is a recipient of a $10,000 Investment Readiness Program grant through the Abbotsford Community Foundation.

Three Abbotsford organizations receive $32,500 in Investment Readiness Grants

Funds awarded by community foundation to support recovery efforts

Emako Foods in Mission is a recipient of a $10,000 Investment Readiness Program grant through the Abbotsford Community Foundation.
An online fundraiser throughout February raised more than $108,000 for LIFE Recovery Association, which provides residential recovery services for women. (Lori Johnson Photography)

Online campaign raises $108K for LIFE Recovery in Abbotsford

Fundraiser replaced annual gala in support of residential recovery services for women

An online fundraiser throughout February raised more than $108,000 for LIFE Recovery Association, which provides residential recovery services for women. (Lori Johnson Photography)
(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)

‘Like a third sibling:’ After decades, Hope Hotel changes ownership

Chandel Lefeuvre met with The Standard to talk hotel history and memories

(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)
Fred Lee was master of ceremonies for the virtual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on Wednesday evening (March 10). The event was live-streamed from Tradex in Abbotsford.

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards presented in 8 categories

Virtual event honours recipients from Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack

Fred Lee was master of ceremonies for the virtual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on Wednesday evening (March 10). The event was live-streamed from Tradex in Abbotsford.
Dorothy Agnew of Abbotsford celebrates her 100th birthday on March 18.

Birthday cards requested for Abbotsford woman turning 100

Dorothy Agnew turns 100 on March 18, but can’t have a celebration due to the pandemic

Dorothy Agnew of Abbotsford celebrates her 100th birthday on March 18.
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 8, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
Sarah De Klein and her family have created a team – one of many – for the Move4Communitas fitness challenge and fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Communitas in Abbotsford holds virtual fitness challenge

Move4Communitas started March 1 and runs for 8 weeks

Sarah De Klein and her family have created a team – one of many – for the Move4Communitas fitness challenge and fundraiser. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Abbotsford Community Action Team include (from left) Bev Olfert, Rebecca Tice, Tally Clement, Const. Mary Boonstra, Mandy Aujla, Wanda Phillips and Devinder Dherari-Sidhu. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford group raises awareness about sexual exploitation of youth

Community Action Team uses posters, stickers and online information

Members of the Abbotsford Community Action Team include (from left) Bev Olfert, Rebecca Tice, Tally Clement, Const. Mary Boonstra, Mandy Aujla, Wanda Phillips and Devinder Dherari-Sidhu. (Submitted photo)
Chris Isfled (left) of Abbotsford and friend Shawn Bjornsson of Winnipeg ran 30 kilometres across Lake Winnipeg in 2020, raising $20,000 for the Save Your Skin Foundation. This year’s event is being held virtually and invites participation from the public.

Abbotsford cancer survivor holds virtual run fundraiser for Save Your Skin Foundation

Chris Isfeld, a survivor of late-stage melanoma, holds A Viking’s Challenge on March 6 and 7

Chris Isfled (left) of Abbotsford and friend Shawn Bjornsson of Winnipeg ran 30 kilometres across Lake Winnipeg in 2020, raising $20,000 for the Save Your Skin Foundation. This year’s event is being held virtually and invites participation from the public.
Pamela Chatry drops off a bag of books for a 91-year-old reader as part of The Book Bags program in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Volunteers deliver books and puzzles in Abbotsford to seniors and shut-ins

The Book Bags provides monthly free home delivery to those who can’t get out

Pamela Chatry drops off a bag of books for a 91-year-old reader as part of The Book Bags program in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Mike Bismeyer of Abbotsford is the recipient of the national Savita Shah Award for his work promoting kindness and anti-bullying initiatives.

Abbotsford man who was bullied as a teen receives national kindness award

Mike Bismeyer is one of two Canadians to earn Savita Shah Award

Mike Bismeyer of Abbotsford is the recipient of the national Savita Shah Award for his work promoting kindness and anti-bullying initiatives.
Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)

Agassiz fireman celebrates 51 years at the hall

Al Pryor has been a key member in the Agassiz Fire Department since he was 16

Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)
Heather P. (Right) and Hope Buy-Low Foods store manager Pauline Newbigging (left) show off Heather’s winnings as she enjoys free groceries for a year. The prize package from Buy-Low, one of six chain-wide, is valued at more than $5,000. (Photo/Pauline Newbigging)

Hope Buy-Low shopper wins free groceries for a year

Prize package from MYNR app valued at $5,200

Heather P. (Right) and Hope Buy-Low Foods store manager Pauline Newbigging (left) show off Heather’s winnings as she enjoys free groceries for a year. The prize package from Buy-Low, one of six chain-wide, is valued at more than $5,000. (Photo/Pauline Newbigging)
Last year’s Gift of Love Gala for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice was held Feb. 29, 2020 at Abbotsford Centre. The 2021 version went virtual. (File photo by Lindsay Elliott)

Gift of Love Gala raises $367K for Canuck Place

Event normally held at Abbotsford Centre went virtual for 2021

Last year’s Gift of Love Gala for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice was held Feb. 29, 2020 at Abbotsford Centre. The 2021 version went virtual. (File photo by Lindsay Elliott)
Dr. Carin Bondar moderates a panel for an online event being hosted by UFV on March 8 for International Women’s Day. (Submitted photo)

UFV presents International Women’s Day event with Choose to Challenge theme

Online panel on Monday, March 8 discuss how they handle life’s challenges

Dr. Carin Bondar moderates a panel for an online event being hosted by UFV on March 8 for International Women’s Day. (Submitted photo)
A GoFundMe campaign for Riley Stevens and his family has raised more than $5,700 since launching last week. (Contributed photo)

White Rock mom of sick tot ‘totally blown away’ by donations, offers help

GoFundMe campaign to help family of Riley Stevens crests $5,700

A GoFundMe campaign for Riley Stevens and his family has raised more than $5,700 since launching last week. (Contributed photo)
The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford goes virtual for 2021

Annual auction raises money for world hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)